As Africa plays a stronger role in the global economy, EnergyNet remains committed to driving investment and promoting human capital development and job creation across Africa’s power and energy sectors. It is on this premise that the EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI) was established. ESEI gives selected students the opportunity to learn from and network with renowned global energy companies and explore future employment prospects.
EnergyNet is committed to shining a light on the path to engagement, aspirations and success and will ensure that ESEI provides a platform for recognising and profiling exceptional African candidates and entrepreneurs.
ESEI at this year’s Africa Energy Forum
Once again, students from across the African continent will be sponsored to attend this year’s Africa Energy Forum, which this year takes place from 7-9 June in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Students will have the opportunity to meet first hand with African Ministers of Energy, government officials and private sector leaders from the energy industry, opening the door to new business relationships, internships and work placements.
The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the global investment meeting for Africa's power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. Nineteen years in the running, AEF brings together senior-level representatives to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward. AEF has a loyal following of credible players working in the power space, and a track record of delivering a valuable networking experience.
The Forum in Copenhagen will serve as a platform for Nordic countries to showcase their expertise regarding projects, technology and regional partnerships, allowing new partnerships and business ventures to flourish.
Head of IPP Office
IPP Office, South Africa
Karén Breytenbach was previously with the National Treasury, PPP Unit and is now Head of the Department of Energy, IPP Office. Karén has extensive experience in large scale infrastructure projects. As Head of the IPP Office, Karén has been instrumental and is responsible for the internationally recognised Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme and is also responsible for the new baseload programmes, gas utilisation master plan and co-generation IPP Programme.
Head of the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Prof Eberhard leads the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation at the GSB. This is a leading centre of excellence and expertise in Africa and other emerging or developing economies. It is committed to making a contribution to enhancing knowledge and capacity to manage the reform and regulation of the electricity, gas, telecommunications, water and transport industries in support of sustainable development. A focus area is research on regulatory, institutional and ﬁnancial mechanisms that promote widened access to infrastructure services.
Head of Strategic Account Development
Matt joined Aggreko in 2006 and after successfully coordinating the company’s sponsorship of the FIFA Football World Cup™ in 2010, he took up the position of Senior Sales Manager for Southern Africa and relocated with his family to Johannesburg. Matt’s area of responsibility is developing interim power project opportunities in Southern Africa to strategically support the key industries of mining, manufacturing, oil & gas and utility. Matt is heavily involved with the 225MW Mozambique cross-border gas powered interim project, providing additional capacity to three SAPP Utilities – EDM, Eskom and NamPower – which was commissioned in July 2012. In 2014, he became Head of Strategic Account Development.
National Power Training Institution of Nigeria (NAPTIN)
Rising from a pupil engineer at the beginning of his career with the Nation’s foremost electricity company, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, he has served winning several awards of outstanding performances until he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in which he served for 5 years. As a Chief Executive Officer at Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, Engr. Okeke successfully managed an asset base of over N30Billion, peak load demand of about 840MW and a monthly billing of N2Billion per month. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and member, Council for the Regulation of Engineers and the Nigerian Institute of Management. In March 2009, Engr. Okeke was assigned the task of establishing the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria.
Global Head of Energy
Norton Rose Fulbright
Simon Currie is the Global Head of Energy at Norton Rose Fulbright. He advises clients across the globe on strategy and the development, acquisition and ﬁnancing of assets in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.
Simon has worked on ground breaking and innovative transactions in over 50 countries.
Over the last 15 years he has advised clients on the development of energy projects across Africa. Simon is a keen supporter of AEF and, in particular, the local content and the student engagement programmes.
Provost, College of Engineering
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Prof. Ampadu is an associate professor of geotechnical engineering and since 2010, the Provost of the College of Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi Ghana. He is an educator, a researcher and an accomplished civil engineer who has mentored hundreds of students over the past 33 years in the College of Engineering of KNUST and has used his expertise in Engineering on various projects in Ghana and extended it to assist in the rebuilding of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Currently he serves on the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Roads and Highways of Ghana and he is also a member of the Engineering Council of Ghana.
Strathmore Energy Research Centre, Kenya
At present Izael is an Assoc. Professor at Strathmore University and the Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic affairs. He is the Director of the Strathmore Energy Research Centre, SERC. The centre does training, research and consultancy in energy related topics. In March 2012 Prof Da Silva together with other partners won a project sponsored by DFID and DANIDA and managed by the World Bank to set up the ﬁrst Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) in the world. In 2013 he was honoured by the Brazilian Government with the title of “Comendador da Ordem do Rio Branco” for his services towards education and poverty alleviation in Africa.
Nairobi Securities Exchange, Kenya
Mr. Eddy Njoroge is a Bsc. (Hons) Chemistry/ Biochemistry graduate from Makerere University.
In 2011, Mr Njoroge was voted the Africa Investor 100 CEO of the year and the Utility CEO of the year. In 2012, the Africa Energy Forum presented him with a life-time award for his contributions to Africa’s power sector. From 2008-2012, Mr. Njoroge was the President of the Union of Producers and Distributors of Electric Power in Africa, giving him a unique perspective of Africa’s Power sector. In 2003, Mr. Njoroge was appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the government owned Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN).
Aggreko is the world leader in the supply of temporary power rentals and has been active in Africa for twenty years. Currently, Aggreko is operating large scale power-projects in countries such as Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Senegal, Benin, Angola and Tanzania. Operating from 211 world-wide locations, including 9 depots across Africa, Aggreko provides 24/7 customer support for single to multi-megawatt projects for a variety of industries. Aggreko manages the world’s most extensive fleet of containerised generators, loadbanks, transformers and ancillary equipment, allowing for rapid mobilisation to respond to our customer’s planned or emergency power needs.
Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. We provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s 30-year track record places us at the centre of developments across Africa. Our aim is to enable anyone who is already active in Africa or who wishes to do business across the continent to access the knowledge we have gained from working on the ground across more than 45 African jurisdictions. Our dedicated team of lawyers has a wealth of experience in assisting clients with their energy projects, negotiating Africa’s regulations and providing innovative legal solutions.
Ministry of Energy Mozambique
- NAPTIN Graduate Skills Development Programme (NGSDP) – A one year post graduate programme developed for Graduate Engineers & Technologist in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering to acquire requisite skills and capacity need to fit into the Power Sector as key players and professionals in Generation, Transmission & Distribution sub-sectors.
- NAPTIN-NOUN Technical Skills Acquisition Programme (NNTSAP) – A one year post graduate programme developed for Undergraduate Engineers in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering to acquire professional skills as Technicians, Artisans and Craftsmen needed in Generation Transmission & Distribution sub-sectors.
- Various short courses for professionals in Generation, Transmission & Distribution sub-sectors.
University Of Cape Town
The University Of Zambia
Strathmore University Kenya
Introduction to the IPP procurement programme
The National Development Plan (NDP) identifies the need for South Africa to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure designed to support the country’s medium- and long-term economic and social objectives. Energy infrastructure is a critical component that underpins economic activity and growth across the country; it needs to be robust and extensive enough to meet industrial, commercial and household needs.
- Logo to appear as an ESEI Associate across all ESEI marketing material collateral, online, in hard copy and onsite across the portfolio for a calendar year
- Opportunity to run a workshop at AEF 2016 for ESEI students and at other in country meetings where appropriate
- Company to be named as an ESEI associate in promotional e-mails throughout the year
- Access to the ESEI students for placements and graduate and recruitment requirements
- Logo to appear as an ESEI Lead Partner across all ESEI marketing material online, online, in hard copy and onsite across the portfolio for a calendar year
- The ESEI initiative is championed at AEF every year and promoted at targeted meetings across EnergyNet’s ‘Africa Investors Portfolio’ and will profile MHPS as the exclusive Partner to ESEI across all related marketing collateral pre, on-site and post event (hard copy, digital & online).
- Partners will have the opportunity connect with students at in country meetings throughout the year when the ESEI programme is govt. backed or being promoted e.g. Powering Africa Tanzania, Powering Africa Finance Options and Southern Africa Energy & Infrastructure Summit
- Opportunity for a senior executive to join the ESEI Leadership Committee and help shape and develop the programme going forward.
- Opportunity to host a student workshop on site in a private meeting room at ESEI meetings that you are attending.
- Access to the ESEI students for placements and graduate and recruitment requirements
To find out how you can get involved as a Partner or Associate and to help shape and develop the ESEI programme going forward, please contact:
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As Africa plays a stronger role in the global economy, EnergyNet, with 18 years’ experience working with Africa’s power sector investors, remains committed to driving investment and promoting human capital development and job creation across Africa’s power and energy infrastructure sectors.
It is on this premise that the Energynet Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI) was established, with a focus on three key principalities; Law, Finance and Engineering. The ESEI Leadership Committee and our partners have sourced the top students within these sectors, from some of EnergyNet's key markets including Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia.
The students are sponsored by EnergyNet to attend our portfolio of meetings across Africa and our flagship international forum, the Africa Energy Forum. These future leaders are able to witness first-hand the wider impact of the power sector on global economies and industries, understand the impact of electricity and access to energy on industrial development and job creation in Africa. They are also given the opportunity to learn and network with renowned global energy companies and explore future employment prospects.
ESEI has gained recognition within the sector, resulting in companies such as Aggreko and Norton Rose Fulbright signing up as ESEI partners. Other associates include; Department of Energy, South Africa, the Ministry for Energy and Minerals in Tanzania, Banwo and Ighodalo, the IPP department in South Africa, University of Cape Town and the National Power Training Institution of Nigeria (NAPTIN).
Planning for tomorrow is paramount for any business to succeed, but knowing where the opportunities lie is not always so straightforward. EnergyNet is committed to shining a light
on the path to engagement, aspirations and success and will ensure that the ESEI provides a platform for recognising and profiling exceptional African candidates and entrepreneurs.
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Hilton Transcorp, Abuja, 12-14 October 2016
Powering Africa: Nigeria is the only meeting to focus solely on the facilitation of Nigerian power investments and viable power generation, distribution and transmission projects for the country’s industrial sectors. The programme will feature interactive dialogue between Gencos and Discos, private sector banks, multilateral investors and DFIs, government and developers to discuss the changing investment landscape, placing the critical role of the private sector at the heart of the agenda.
Marrakech, 2 – 4 November 2016
Africa Renewable Energy Forum (AREF) is a 3 day event focused on developing Renewable Energies for Africa. AREF is set to become ‘the’ annual gathering of sector leaders to benchmark and maintain the outcome of COP22 and will enable the Kingdom of Morocco to take the lead in the battle against climate change as well as promote clean energy access, which will in the medium to long term generate hundreds of millions of jobs on the continent. For more information, please contact:
East Africa Festival of Energy 2016
Dar Es Salaam, 7-9 December 2016
Regional development is key to unlocking Africa’s potential for energy investment. The East Africa Festival of Energy will take place from 7-9 December 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania- a regional dialogue designed to bring together the nations of East Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi - as their respective governments seek specific energy and infrastructure projects requiring investment. This meeting is an evolution of the successful Powering East Africa meeting in 2014, which focused on unlocking the transmission barrier in the East African region.
The two-day event will be followed by a half-day ‘Festival of Energy’ concert, showcasing off-grid technologies alongside a line-up of exciting headline musical artists from across East Africa. The concert is designed to help raise awareness of off-grid technologies and give them a platform within the region to provide individuals with access to electricity. For more information, please contact
Dubai, 25-26 January 2017
The annual Powering Africa: Finance Options Meeting is an executive briefing designed for CEOs and senior-level directors involved in the financing of projects across Africa. Participants may directly engage with key decision-makers over the course of the concentrated 2 day retreat. A closed debate under Chatham House rule provides the perfect setting for dynamic and uninhibited discussions which provide a comprehensive overview of the policies and reforms currently influencing investment into Africa's power sector in 2016.
Movenpick, Accra, 25-27 January 2017
The ‘Regional Energy Co-operation Summit’ is an annual investors meeting focused on energy, infrastructure and finance of projects. We will address cross-border co-operation and regional integration, unlocking West Africa’s investments in energy and infrastructure to support industrialisation. Cross-border cooperation in West Africa is crucial to develop mechanisms that facilitate trade and power exchange among States.
Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, 21-23 February 2017
EnergyNet will host the first Egypt Energy Investment Summit in Cairo this February. The Summit will bring together the world’s leading power developers, investors and technology and solution providers to discuss capacity building within Egypt’s industrial communities and create a dynamic platform for new and accelerated development of Egypt’s energy sector. This pragmatic meeting will enable companies from across the world to explore the opportunity in Egypt’s energy and power sectors, with a focus on private sector development and investment realisation.
Washington, D.C. 8 - 10th March 2017
Now in its 3rd year, the Powering Africa: Summit is an investment conference to showcase power, trade and infrastructure opportunities across the African continent, engaging principle decision makers from the American and African public and private sectors to explore how project bankability can be increased. Obama’s Power Africa initiative helped map the way for project investment, giving a platform to global investment funds and the role they can play in driving forward the development of Africa’s power sector. The Summit aims to connect governments, investors and power developers from the USA and Africa to stimulate partnerships and drive forward project development. For more information, visit www.poweringafrica-summit.com or to be added to the mailing list email: PA-S@energynet.co.uk
The Africa Energy Yearbook - the official publication of the Africa Energy Forum –returns for 2016 with more articles, industry insights and project updates about the future of Africa's economic, industrial and social development. A free copy is available for every delegate who attends the Forum. Advertising opportunities are available to elevate your profile in London.